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Tomales Bay Institute
Tomales Bay Institute|
a project of Earth Island Institute
precursor of Common Assets Defense Fund and On the Commons
P.O. Box 427
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Phone: (415) 663- 8560 [the home of co-founder Jonathan Rowe]
Website: www.onthecommons.org [created 27-May-2003]
First recorded grant: 2001
No exempt status: originally a project of Earth Island Institute.
Merged with the Common Assets Defense Fund, June 2006
Relocated to: P.O. Box 14967
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: reassigned to a private party
Self-Description: The mission of the Tomales Bay Institute is to develop an intellectual framework that includes the commons as well as the market and the state, and to inject that expanded framework into America's vision of possibilities. Our long-term objective is to leverage system-wide change by creating an easy-to-grasp intellectual framework that inexorably leads to such change.
website of the Tomales Bay Institute [dated August, 2002] is now
available only at the Internet Archive Wayback Machine,
In 2002, Earth Island
Institute paid Jonathan Rowe $57,500 to establish and operate
the Tomales Bay Institute in his home in Point Reyes Station,
California, a little coastal town 30 miles north of San Francisco.
EII supported Rowe under contract for three more years, $60,250
(2003); $70,215 (2004); $66,000 (2005).
Institute was a small
prototype "thought farm" pioneering the "commons" ideology, arguing that the
role of the commons is "to provide respite
and refuge from the march of so-called progress: The commons extols
quiet instead of noise, rest and stability instead of frenzied and
often dubious innovation." It brought together
like-minded people who took the Commons idea further with the
Common Assets Defense Fund and On the Commons.
TBI's Advisory Board
included David Bollier, Lewis Hyde, Michael Lerner, Frances Moore
Lappé, Chris Desser, Jeff Gates, Betsy Taylor, Cornelia Durrant,
David Morris, Ellen Levine, Laurie Racine and Charles Halpern.
Foundation grants to